HIU is pleased to announce its new Speaker Series: Voices of Christian Thought. Esteemed speakers from varied Christian backgrounds and experiences will be brought in each semester to deliver fresh perspective to the campus community. We will hear from Christian theologians, activists, best-selling authors, professors, and ethicists. These speakers will provide a dynamic learning experience and are sure to inspire and challenge our community to live lives more fully committed to God.

The speakers will be presenting in Chapel as well as a number of classroom presentations which will allow students to interact with them on a more intimate level. The Speaker Series is open to the public. For more information please contact Dr. Joe Grana at (714) 879-3901 ext. 1285 or email to jgrana@hiu.edu.

  • Dallas Willard
  • Dan Kimball
  • Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne - January 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (HIU Auditorium)
Bestselling Author, Prominent Christian Activist, Sought-After Speaker, and Recovering Sinner

Shane Claiborne is a bestselling author, prominent Christian activist, sought-after speaker, and “recovering sinner” who talks about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus Christ. Shane will challenge presuppositions of what the Christian life looks like within the American Dream and stimulate the status quo to move toward intentional, incarnation living. He is the co-founder of “The Simple Way”, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia, PA that helps start and connect radical faith communities around the world.

He is the author of several books including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers. He has also been featured in the DVD series Another World is Possible. Shane speaks over 100 times a year in a dozen or so countries and nearly every state in the U.S. He has presented academic seminars at Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Pepperdine University, Wheaton College, Princeton University, Goshen College, and Harvard University, and speaks at various denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences all around the globe. Shane’s work has been featured in everything from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal to CNN and National Public Radio.

Shane will be speaking in the following classes:
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m., Theology of Ministry, Room 121
12:10 p.m.-1:25 p.m., Biblical Theology, Room 106

Check out his website at http://www.thesimpleway.org/shane/.

Dan Kimball - March 10, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Chapel)
Accomplished Author, Pastor, Christian Theologian

Dan Kimball is a key leader in the Emergent Church Movement who speaks extensively on mission, creative arts, apologetics and leadership for the church and Christians living in a post-Christian world. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, and also is a faculty member at George Fox University. Dan’s approach is not one of promoting conventional or typical expressions, but meanings. He guides his audience to rethink the church’s approach to worship gatherings and provides practical ideas on how to approach them in a way that is honest and intentional.

Dan has authored many books including The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations, Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, They Like Jesus but Not the Church, Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations, and Do You Like Jesus but Not the Church?

Find out more at http://www.dankimball.com/.

Dallas Willard - April 7, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Chapel)
USC Philosophy Professor, Speaker, Accomplished Author

Dallas Willard is a man of depth of thought and heart. He is a tenured Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl.

Many know of him not as a professor, but as the author of such well-loved books as The Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and Hearing God. Through his writing, Dallas brings a profound understanding of what it means to be human and how to view the brilliance of Jesus. He challenges his audience to understand and practice the spiritual disciplines, and to take seriously the call to be a disciple of Christ rather than simply a consumer Christian.

Find out more at http://www.dwillard.org/.